Data collections

Advice and guidance about data collections, EYFS profiles, teacher assessments, phonics screening, school census and Capita One B2B.

School census

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The school census is a statutory return which takes place during the autumn, spring, and summer terms.

You must upload your data return using the COLLECT system from 7:30am on census days.

To access COLLECT and upload your data return use DfE Sign-in.

For guidance on preparing and completing the school census use the following links and downloads:

Contact us

For more information or if you have any questions about census content, the use of COLLECT or the resolution of errors contact:

Telephone: 0333 013 9856


For anything to do with the system and software enquiries contact your supplier.